Category talk:Saints

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What is a Saint ?

Is this Category for those deemed saints by the Catholic Church? From my understanding of the Bible, all who accepte Jesus Christ as their Lord, turn from their sin and follow Jesus through the leading and power of the Holy Spirit are saints. 17:13, 23 December 2008 (PST)

  • Saint is one separated from the world and consecrated to God; one holy by profession and by covenant; a believer in Christ (Ps. 16:3; Rom. 1:7; 8:27; Phil. 1:1; Heb. 6:10).
    The "saints" spoken of in Jude 1:14 are probably not the disciples of Christ, but the "innumerable company of angels" (Heb. 12:22; Ps. 68:17), with reference to Deut. 33:2.
    This word is also used of the holy dead (Matt. 27:52; Rev. 18:24). It was not used as a distinctive title of the apostles and evangelists and of a "spiritual nobility" till the fourth century. In that sense it is not a scriptural title.
    Source: Text:EBD:Saint
  • "16 "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ," -Ephesians 3:16-18

Good question. The article on Saint needs to discuss the Biblical meaning of saint as all believers, as well as modern colloquial uses of the word and denomination specific uses of the word. I'm not sure about the category - I think it should probably be used for those designated Saint in the Orthodox and Catholic churches. What do others think? --Graham 14:21, 25 December 2008 (PST)